PITTSBURGH (AP) — A county prosecutor says a western Pennsylvania woman forged a will and other documents as part of a scheme to take her dying elderly neighbor’s home, and even collect rent on the property.
Online court records don’t list an attorney for 54-year-old Mary Mechelli, of McKeesport, who was arrested Friday by Allegheny County District Attorney’s detectives on charges including theft, forgery and records tampering.
Authorities say Mechelli lived across the street from 79-year-old Margaret Dorn who died in May 2010, a few weeks after she fell down some steps. A grand jury determined Mechelli forged Dorn’s will, not to mention a living will that gave her the right to terminate medical care on Dorn’s behalf, enabling Mechelli to take over Dorn’s residence.
Mechelli then rented out the home for $475 a month.